In the latest quarterly poll of how governors are doing, the polling company Morning Consult says that 42 percent of Alaskans approve of the job Gov. Michael Dunleavy is doing, 29 percent are unfavorable toward him, and 29 percent have never heard of him.
His net approval among all voters is +13 percent. Among Democrats, he’s not widely revered, with a net disapproval rating of -36. But Republicans hold him in a positive light with +56 percent approval, while those with no party still favor him slightly, with +9 percent approval.
Still, Dunleavy ranks second from the bottom of the list of all Republican governors, and is 42nd overall in popularity among the 50 governors. His “unknown” factor is fairly high on the list, with few other governors having a “who?”
Dunleavy was elected with 51.4 percent of the vote in November of 2018. Soon after taking office, he signaled he would have to cut the state budget dramatically in order to pay Alaskans their full statutorily determined Permanent Fund dividend. He also proposed three constitutional amendments:
- Putting the Permanent Fund dividend into the Alaska Constitution.
- Making no taxation possible without a vote of the people.
- Instituting a constitutional spending cap.